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USCIS Adopts AAO Decision Setting Accreditation Guidelines for H-1B Master’s Cap Eligibility

On May 23, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum adopting the Administrative Appeals Office’s (AAO) decision in the case Matter of A-T-Inc. The adopted decision establishes binding...more

USCIS Adopts Matter of I-Corp and What it Means for L-1B Visas

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a policy memorandum directing USCIS personnel to adopt the Administrative Appeals Office’s (AAO) reasoning in Matter of I-Corp. Specifically, pursuant to...more

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks SEC from Imposing Disgorgement beyond Five-Year Statute of Limitations

Our colleague Rebecca Zeidel just published a terrific blog posting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kokesh v. SEC, in which the Court imposed a five-year statute of limitations on agency-sought disgorgement in...more

Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Announces New Office for Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

DHS Secretary John F. Kelly announced yesterday the official launch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (“VOICE”), designed to assist victims of crimes...more

United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On April 25, 2017, United States District Court Judge William Orrick imposed a temporary injunction on any attempts by the Trump administration to enforce portions of an executive order that called for the withholding of...more

Failure To Pay Minimum Wage Can Jeopardize Employment-Based Visa Petitions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Rudyard Kipling famously noted, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” Many employers may feel that this quote aptly describes the relationship between immigration law and wage & hour law —...more

Clues and Cases from Alexander Acosta’s NLRB Tenure

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A review and analysis of select NLRB cases decided by President Trump’s new appointee as Secretary of Labor and former NLRB Member Alexander Acosta. ...more

Update: Trump's Busy First Week of Office

As reported last week in Bradley’s Governmental Affairs alert in A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions, the Trump administration took immediate action with regard to the Affordable Care...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2017

by Burr & Forman on

The Supreme Court of the United States is, of course, known for landmark decisions affecting the lives of Americans. When we hear “SCOTUS” we think of famous civil rights cases such as Marbury v. Madison, (1803) which...more

Immigration Update: New Rule on Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices Effective January 18, 2017; Changes to National...

by Baker Donelson on

On December 19, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a final rule that revises the DOJ's regulations implementing certain provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) related to unfair immigration-related...more

You Mean It’s Un-American to Hire Only Americans? DOJ Issues Final Rule on Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices

If you thought it would be safer to require every new hire to be an American citizen—think again. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has a new rule revising its prior regulations on Section 274B of the Immigration and...more

USCIS Overhauls Eligibility Standard for National Interest Waivers

In a recent precedent decision issued through its Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created a new and flexible analytical framework for determining whether a foreign...more

USCIS Establishes New Standard for EB2 National Interest Waiver Cases for Certain Individuals Whose Work is of National Importance

On December 27, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued a decision in Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016), addressing the National Interest Waiver (NIW)...more

State Department Relaunches Company Visit Program to Assess ITAR Compliance

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The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) within the State Department has relaunched its “Company Visit Program.” Under the Company Visit Program, DDTC officials come to your office to review your company’s...more

Seventh Circuit Says No Asylum for Bisexual Man; Posner Dissents

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last week, the Seventh Circuit declined to review the asylum application of a bisexual individual who applied for fear of persecution. Ray Fuller, 51, told an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals that he...more

H-1B Employer Found Liable for Substantial Back Wages After Failing to Notify USCIS of Termination

As we have advised in the past, a bona fide termination of an H-1B employee by an employer only occurs when the employer does all of the following: (1) gives notice of termination to the H-1B worker; (2) notifies U.S....more

Report Shows Better Oversight Needed for DHS Fee-Collecting Programs

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report after examining the way the U.S. Department of Security (DHS) manages the billions of dollars it collects from its various programs. In FY 2014, DHS...more

New USCIS Policy Decision Broadens Permissible Bases for Visa Transfer of Multinational Managers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After four years of internal deliberations, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a policy memorandum binding all USCIS personnel to follow the reasoning of a 2013 USCIS Administrative Appeals Office...more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a policy memorandum in the decision of Matter of Z-A, Inc.

by Kirton McConkie PC on

On April 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a policy memorandum designating the decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of Z-A-, Inc. as an adopted decision...more

High Fines Continue to Provide “Additional Motivation” for I-9 Compliance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently eased off of its record pace for commencing new I-9 inspections, employers can take no comfort. ICE continues to use these inspections as a key enforcement tool...more

BALCA: Error Caused by Deficient PERM Form Not a Proper Reason for Denial

The permanent labor certification process (also referred to as PERM) allows an employer to hire a foreign national to work permanently in the United States. Prior to filing a PERM application for a foreign worker with the...more

Department of Homeland Security Regulation Benefitting STEM Employers Thrown into Question

A federal district judge recently issued a 37-page decision vacating a 2008 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation that has helped thousands of U.S. companies hire and retain foreign students holding U.S. degrees in...more

DHS Sends New STEM OPT Rule to OMB For Review

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent its proposed regulation on the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week. A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is...more

Court Determines that Stepchild Does Not Fall Under Definition of Child

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Ninth Circuit upheld the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of the petitioner’s claim that he derived citizenship under INA §320(a) from his U.S. citizen stepfather, who married his non-citizen mother after he was born...more

Federal Court Rules on OPT Extension

by Mintz Levin on

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the US Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) did not follow required procedures when it promulgated regulations allowing for...more

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